If you don’t want to send your high school student into a secular college classroom, are there still options for earning college credit? Learn more about the distance learning option, today on Home School Heartbeat with HSLDA President Mike Smith and his guest.
My guest today is Dr. Robert Spinney, professor of history and director of distance learning at Patrick Henry College. Rob, welcome to the program!
Thank you Mike, It’s good to be here.
This week, we’ve been talking about dual enrollment for high school students. Rob, would you explain the advantages of distance learning for homeschooling families who might be interested in dual enrollment but don't want to put their student into a community college classroom?
Sure. I like the idea of high school seniors taking dual enrollment classes. But there are two drawbacks to completing such classes at local community colleges. First, it plunges your child into an environment that is usually unchristian, and often anti-Christian. And second, it busts your family’s schedule. Your child will be locked into inflexible commuting commitments and class meeting commitments. So taking online classes at a Christian college is a way to get the benefits of dual enrollment without the drawbacks.
So, for example, Patrick Henry College’s distance learning classes. These classes are taught by evangelical Christian professors. Class content and class discussions are faithful to the word of God. Secondly, students can complete online college classes at home. There’s no commuting, maximum flexibility.
Rob, thanks for sharing your perspective on dual enrollment today. And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.